"Fandral Staghelm is angry. Nobody cares."
"Lich King laughs, teleports away. Again."
"For sale: Gnomish capital. Slightly used."
Ok, that last one is pretty bad. Surely you can come up with some better ones, right?
Gallery: WoW License plates
Gallery: World of Warcraft pom-poms
Gallery: WoW Tattoos
Emkephalin from Terenas sent us this picture of a wonderful Christmas present created for him by his mother. As the story goes, Emkephalin introduced his mother WoW a few years ago, like so many other players who play with their family. She waited until she'd officially retired before starting the game, which probably was a wise move. In a few short days, she reached the limits of what you can do on a trial account, and immediately went out and picked up her full retail copy.
Flash forward to this Christmas season. Among WoW-playing and scuba diving, it turns out Emk's mother also creates tile mosaics. You can imagine his surprise when Emkephalin removed the wrapping paper from the top of this table to see the wonderful Horde pattern created on the right. Emk was obviously pleased enough to drop us a tip, as well as a picture link to see it for ourselves.
This is a continuation of how WoW has inspired people for the season. I can't wait to see what next year brings, and am probably going to invest my time between now and then to learn how to make something myself. It certainly would be awesome to enjoy coffee over such a distinctive table.
On the left is a piece of art by the late Michael Turner, who passed away in June of this year. On the right is a submission in the Blizzard Fan Art Program, by Emiko Setsuna (or Dênakê). Tipster Ron pointed this out to us, figuring it was worth a mention. If you notice the two pictures look very similar, you're right. If you're not convinced, look very closely at the ladies' left hand, and how the fingers and thumb are placed.
I'm not ready to scream "plagiarism" here (or Laaaaaaaand!, if you're familiar with comics). The idea of "inspired art" and "homage" is very common, and there are only so many ways you can pose the humanoid body. The Blizzard Fan Art Program doesn't have a commentary feature, so it's possible Setsuna intended on crediting Michael Turner for the inspiration. If you consider the timing, especially, it's likely Setsuna was memorializing Turner, as he only passed away a few months ago.
Still, it does make me wish that the Fan Art section did have more information from the creator, so we could draw a conclusion more easily.
The date of the World Wide Invitational in Paris creeps ever closer and closer. Of course, the biggest thing we're looking forward to is all the new WotLK information courtesy of the playable WotLK demos and Developer panels, but the contests should be pretty fun too. If you're planning to enter one of them, the signups are beginning.
Submissions for the fan art and machinima contests are being accepted via web form from now until June 17th, so that leaves you a little under one more week to finalize your submission. As for the dance and costume contests, registration will be open from June 16th to June 20th.
Remember, some of the contests are only open to certain European countries, so check the rules to make sure you're eligible -- and remember, if you're not, you may be eligible for the contests at Blizzcon 2008 instead. Good luck with your entries, and we'll see you in Paris!
|WoW's 9th Anniversary||11/18-12/2|
|Call to Arms: Twin Peaks||12/3-12/5|
|Call to Arms: Alterac Valley||12/6-12/9|
|Call to Arms: Silvershard Mines||12/10-12/12|
|Call to Arms: Warsong Gulch||12/13-12/16|
|Feast of Winter Veil||12/16-1/2|
|Call to Arms: Temple of Kotmogu||12/17-12/19|
|Call to Arms: Strand of the Ancients||12/20-12/23|
|Call to Arms: Deepwind Gorge||12/24-12/26|
|Call to Arms: Isle of Conquest||12/27-12/30|
|Call to Arms: Arathi Basin||12/31-1/2|
|Call to Arms: The Battle for Gilneas||1/3 - 1/6|
|Darkmoon Faire||1/5 - 1/11|
|Call to Arms: Eye of the Storm||1/7 - 1/9|